ERIC Number: ED099856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
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An Instrument to Explore Category Features as Determinants of Choice in Pairing Words. Studies in Language Education. Report No. 13.
O'Donnell, Roy C.
The purpose of this study was to explore the possibility of designing an instrument to obtain information about word associations with certain factors held stable. The instrument developed, Words in Pairs, consisted of 20 items, each item containing four words. The first eight items required the subject to pair a noun with another noun of the same subcategory or with a verb or adjective. Items 9 through 16 required pairing a noun with another noun, items 17 and 18 allowed pairing of a verb, and items 19 and 20 allowed pairing of an adjective with another adjective. the instrument was administered to 87 ninth graders. The results indicated that words of the same syntactic category tend to be paired on word associations tasks and that the strongest ties are between words of the subcategory. The results of administering the instrument suggest that Words in Pairs is easy to administer and score; however, both the number of items were inadequate. It was suggested that a revised instrument should include a wider range of words and more items in order to allow greater variety of responses. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Language Education.